Weekly Report 16/10/13

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Weekly Report 16/10/13

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:54 pm

In the estuary, flathead remain the star attraction with some quality fish now on offer from most parts. The better catches have come from areas upstream, with the Maria and around Rawdon Island again fishing quite well. Whilst lures have proven particularly effective, on the bait front whitebait has also been achieving top results.

A few bream are also on offer around Rawdon Island during the day and around the break walls at night, although by and large the results have been somewhat below expectations. A much needed fresh would do wonders on this front. Also in the estuary, whiting numbers are steadily improving and should really begin to pick up from this part of the season onwards. Still a few blackfish about for those putting in the time, with fresh cabbage achieving the better results. On the mulloway front, best results of late have been achieved by those throwing lures around the upstream haunts, although with a full moon phase now approaching, chasing a larger model in the lower reaches could prove rewarding.

Off the beaches, conditions have not been angler-friendly courtesy of the blustery winds and accompanying currents of late. However despite these challenges, those targeting school mulloway are still achieving a steady stream of success, with North beach and Lighthouse both well worth a look. And with great tides and lunar conditions at present, throwing a fresh slab of tailor or salmon, or even a livebait may well see the quality of your catch improve significantly. Apart from mulloway, a few bream, whiting and salmon have been encountered on most stretches of sand, although tailor once again have proven rather elusive.

Off the rocks, there's still the occasional drummer on offer but you will need to berley hard for them. Tailor, on the other hand, have improved a little with some reasonable fish to around a kilo coming from most headlands, with Lighthouse locally being the pick of locations. A few bream are also on offer, and should be even better once the current full moon phase begins to wane. Blackfish numbers remain solid, whilst plenty of groper are still around, with Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular the pick of locations.

Outside reports understandably have been somewhat quiet, although most bottom bashers have been managing a reasonable feed. The wider reefs off Plommer have been yielding a few reasonable snapper, pearl perch and teraglin, whilst the close-in reefs off Lighthouse and Lake Cathie have been giving up the occasional excellent red. No major reports on the pelagic front yet, although stories from further up the coast indicate an early start to the season may well on the cards. It may be just about time to drag the game gear out of winter storage once again.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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